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It's not exciting to be a fan of a team that hasn't had a winning season since 1997 and is already struggling this year.

But, Orioles fans, it could be worse for you. Well, OK, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a better record after the first week, but come on, they're swapping exiled Orioles pitchers on their roster.

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How much lower can it get than that?

Yes, that's right, former Orioles right-hander Hayden Penn was designated for assignment yesterday in order for the Pirates to make room on their 40-man roster for left-hander Brian Burres.Burres was called up in order to make last night's start against the San Francisco Giants since right-hander Ross Ohlendorf was scratched. The ex-Oriole didn't fare well, however, suffering the loss after allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings.

Hey, at least he lasted 11 outs longer than Penn did Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 25-year-old right-hander recorded only one out while walking three batters and giving up four runs. He only threw four of his 19 pitches for strikes and also uncorked a wild pitch.

Yikes. Remember the days of having Penn and Burres in the starting rotation?

So, Orioles fans, while you're waiting for the team's second victory in 2010, just keep in mind that things could be worse.

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